Creophylus, The Capture of Oichalia

LCL 497: 174-175

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Heracles and Theseus

Heracles and Theseus

Proclus, Vita Homeri 5

λέγουσιν οὖν αὐτὸν εἰς Ἴον πλεύσαντα διατρῖψαι μὲν παρὰ Κρεωφύλωι, γράψαντα δὲ Οἰχαλίας ἅλωσιν τούτωι χαρίσασθαι· ἥτις νῦν ὡς Κρεωφύλου περιφέρεται.

Hesychius Milesius, Vita Homeri 6

ἀναφέρεται δὲ εἰς αὐτὸν καὶ ἄλλα τινὰ ποιήματα· Ἀμαζονία, Ἰλιὰς Μικρά . . . Οἰχαλίας ἅλωσις . . .

Suda κ 2376 (ex Hesychio Milesio)

Κρεώφυλος Ἀστυκλέους, Χῖος ἢ Σάμιος, ἐποποιός. τινὲς δὲ αὐτὸν ἱστόρησαν Ὁμήρου γαμβρὸν ἐπὶ θυγατρί, οἳ δὲ φίλον μόνον γεγονέναι αὐτὸν Ὁμήρου λέγουσι, καὶ ὑποδεξάμενον Ὅμηρον λαβεῖν παρ᾿ αὐτοῦ τὸ ποίημα τὴν τῆς Οἰχαλίας ἅλωσιν.

Cf. schol. Plat. Resp. 600b; Phot. Lex. s.v. Κρεόφυλος.


1 Epimerismi Homerici o 96 Dyck

τοῦτο δὲ εὑρήσομεν καὶ ἐν τῆι <Οἰ>χαλίας ἁλώσει, ἣ εἰς Ὅμηρον ἀναφέρεται, ἔστι δὲ Κρεώφυλος ὁ ποιήσας· Ἡρακλῆς δ᾿ ἐστιν ὁ λέγων πρὸς Ἰόλην·

“ὦ γύναι, <αὐτὴ> ταῦτά γ᾿ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖσιν ὅρηαι.”

αὐτὴ suppl. Köchly γ᾿ Peppmüller: τ᾿ cod.



Proclus, Life of Homer

So they say he sailed to Ios and spent time with Creophylus, and when he wrote the Capture of Oichalia, he gave it to him, and it is now current under Creophylus’ name.

Hesychius of Miletus, Life of Homer

Certain other poems are also attributed to him: the Amazonia, the Little Iliad . . .the Capture of Oichalia . . .

The Suda (from Hesychius of Miletus, Index of Famous Authors)

Creophylus son of Astycles, from Chios or Samos, epic poet. Some relate that he was Homer’s son-in-law, while others say that he was just Homer’s friend, and that after giving Homer hospitality he received from him the poem The Capture of Oichalia.


1 Homeric Parsings

We shall find this form (ὅρηαι) also in the Capture of Oichalia, which is attributed to Homer, though Creophylus is its author. Heracles is addressing Iole:

“Lady, you can see this with your <own> eyes.”

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.creophylus-capture_oichalia.2003